Thomas Merton: Living a Spiritual Life, Assisting Others to do the Same

Thursday, November 8, 2018 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

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On the 50th Anniversary of his passing, this retreat invites you into the life of Thomas Merton, wise monk, prolific writer, social critic and his wisdom for our spiritual journey.  We’ll explore cultivating a pure heart, a practice of growing in silence, simplicity and compassion, with a dose of humor and a capacity for noticing beauty around us.   The retreat will include viewing  compelling film biography of Merton and listening to his wise and often  hilarious words , an invitation to engage in contemplative prayer and discussion of Merton’s contribution to nurturing others in living lives of active contemplation as well as of his remarkable appropriation of the richness of Eastern spiritual practice, especially Buddhist practice.

About the leader(s)

Padraic O'Hare

Padraic O’Hare is Professor of Religious and Theological Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA..  His current research/book project is entitled “Lions in the Desert: Contemplation and Young Adults.”